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tashabear
tashabear
gym jungle
Wolfie and I went to the gym last night. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill at about 3.5 mph, throwing in a two minute run towards the end peaking at 7.5 mph. Then we went and worked upper body muscle groups on the Nautilus, worked abs a little, and went home.

It was much fun. I like having Wolfie as a workout buddy, because he'll help me, rather than being wicked competitive. Plus we get to spend time together without the usual distractions, like TV, hobbies, the cats, whatever, which I think is totally key. It was nice to note that I wasn't the only over-30 less-than-svelte woman there -- it's not a bodybuilding or glam gym at all, and that made me feel a little less self-conscious. Now I just need to get some more workout pants and new sneaks.

I made dinner when we got home, which was utterly delish -- I'm salivating just thinking about it. I made a chicken and veggie stirfry using a sauce mix from a packet. Definitely buying it again... I chopped the veg Monday night when I was a little bored, and it made preparing the meal itself super-quick and easy. I used onion and green papper and celery and water chestnuts (okay, I cheated on those, I bought them sliced), and stir-fried everything very quickly in canola oil, then added the sauce mix and served the whole thing over rice. The rice tasted a little funny; might be the unbelievably high chlorine content in our water. I'll have to try cooking it in filtered water next time. It was really good, though; the veggies stayed nice and crunchy and the chicken was yummy.

I seem to have suddenly gained energy to get the house together and get everything organized. It's about time.

i feel: hungry hungry

13 trips or shoot the rapids
Comments
syrrichard From: syrrichard Date: January 21st, 2004 06:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
If it was the rice in those little cooking bags, it tastes funny. water that has boiled should loose most of its chlorine. Just let it boil first before you add the rice.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 21st, 2004 06:12 am (UTC) (base camp)
It was actually. Is it the plastic from the bag, or is the rice bleached or something?
syrrichard From: syrrichard Date: January 21st, 2004 09:31 am (UTC) (base camp)
The two times I tried that rice it stunk both times. Picky Denise wouldn't touch it. I have to admit, it was bad. Have you tried your stir-fry over vermicelli or angel hair pasta?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 22nd, 2004 01:32 am (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, the rice tastes sort of chemically. I'm going to try adding salt to the water next time to see if it's any better. We have a lot of it, so we'll jusdt use it up till it's gone, and then I'm an Uncle Ben's girl thereafter.

We haven't tried anything else with stirfry yet; it was the first time we've made it. This cooking from scratch thing is kinda new. We've been doing boxed meals or take out a LOT. I'm hoping to stop the hemmorhaging of money into the pockets of the restaurants, not to mention the expansion of my butt.
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: January 22nd, 2004 05:36 am (UTC) (base camp)
Ooooh oooh... :) get thineself a crock pot. You won't regret.

OK... after realizing that I check your journal as often as I check mine, I'm adding you to my read-list. Hope you don't mind.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 22nd, 2004 05:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hee... We have two. Beef stew is on the menu for next week.

I don't mind at all! Welcome!
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: January 23rd, 2004 05:41 am (UTC) (base camp)
I made myself the most wonderful chicken....
Douse it in chardonnay and rosemary and parsley.... mmmmmm.... :) Ready when I get home from work.

It's an excuse for this single girl to open a bottle of wine....!
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: January 26th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
This is pretty random but do you happen to card/tablet weave?

I know you're fairly active in SCA and it seems like those are the people who do it the most.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 27th, 2004 01:39 am (UTC) (base camp)
Not yet, but you know who does the most exquisite work? oakenking He put pics of some of his stuff up on fiberarts and I was just blown away.

It's on my list of things to learn, though.
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: January 27th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
I started learning last night. Set up my warp and just went at it. I have no idea how the cards actually affect the pattern, but I'm getting a neat fabric.

There is an small membership (2) cardweaving community, so I'll check into fiber arts... thanks.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 27th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC) (base camp)
If you thread each hole with a different color (all A holes get red, all B holes get blue, all C holes get black, and all D holes get yellow, for example), you can manipulate the cards to create different threaded in patterns. Where'd you get your cards, or did you make them?
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: January 27th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, I just haven't really figured out which hole directs the thread to what part of the band, and if turning towards/turning away creates which pattern.

I'm just playing.

I made my cards out of old composition notebook covers. I had a pattern from a book that I traced and cut out the card, and then to make a hole I took a pointy US3 needle and jammed it through and used a US8 and then US15 needle to widen the hole. (Interchangeable needles have another great use) Then I used a nail file to smooth them out.

Someone in card_weaving recommended to not start with wool because its hard to use, but everything I read advised wool because it's the most authentic material to the craft. So I'm using some leftover Philosopher's wool.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 27th, 2004 04:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
You can use silk, too; I've seen some amazing stuff done in silk. Linen is period, too; I'd like to see the documentation for the wool thing.

Playing is good! Just pay attention so when you create something nifty you can do it again.

I made my (as yet unused cards) out of playing cards -- I cut them square and used a hole punch to make the holes. I also made a set out of Shrinky Dink plastic one -- cut out 4x4 squares and used a large hole punch to make the holes. They shrank down to half their original size and twice the thickness.
13 trips or shoot the rapids